For our first trip of 2014, 18 January through 20 January, we decided to make the drive up to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany for a 3 day weekend. Our main goal was to visit and tour the Neuschwanstein castle, eat some delicious German food and of course get some good pictures! If you know Jamin and I, you know that we are always on the hunt for the perfect picture! We headed out early Saturday morning and were happy when our GPS said that we would arrive five and a half hours later. From where we live we have to pass through Austria to get to Germany so we made sure to stop just before the border at a gas station to purchase a vignette (a sticker for your windshield proving that you paid Austrian road tax). We arrived in the afternoon and checked into Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl. The staff greeted us with friendly smiles and gave us some information about the surrounding areas. After getting our rather large room key we headed up to catch a beautiful glimpse of the mountain view from our balcony before the sun went down. From our balcony, the mountain we could see was the Zugspitze, which is the tallest point in Germany! The room was quite large in size (by European standards) and the bed was comfortable which is always a plus! The hotel offers a continental breakfast with a large spread of all our favorite breakfast foods! They also have a wonderful seating area with breathtaking views of the mountain, a bar, indoor pool and sauna for relaxing. The hotel does offer free Wi-Fi but you have to ask for the password upon check in. I would definitely stay here again if we were to make another trip to Garmisch. After settling into our room we headed back to the center of Garmisch (about a 5 min drive) to explore the small town and grab some dinner. The town, while small, is quaint and welcoming. It offers quite a few charming restaurants to choose from. We settled in at Maronis and started our meal off with a Hacker-pschorr hefeweiss beer for me and a lager beer for Jamin. We shared a delicious potato and bacon cream soup and then followed it up with a plate of nurnberger bratwurstl with sour cabbage and schnitzel fried with pumpkin seeds. The meal was wonderful and we devoured it quite quickly. I would highly recommend having a meal here while in Garmisch! The next day we headed out and drove about an hour to get to the most popular tourist destination in Bavaria; the King’s Castles. After touring the castles and the town where they are located we traveled back to Garmisch for dinner. Not many restaurants were open so we decided on Restaurant Flößerstub’n. We immediately liked the typical German cottage decor and we knew that the food had to be good. We picked the Bavaria brezel soup, which consisted of butter and green onion broth with pieces of pretzel and melted cheese, as a starter. And for our main meals, I chose the mushroom cream sauce schnitzel with noodles and salad and Jamin got the paprika, bacon and sweet pepper schnitzel with fries and a salad. Overall we were very happy with our choices and of course we topped off our meals with some delicious German beers!
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